Jeremy Abshire exits The Grascals

We heard this afternoon from Jeremy Abshire, now former fiddler with The Grascals, announcing his departure from the group.

Jeremy Abshire - photo by Ted Lehmann“Friends, as some of you may or may not know, after six years with The Grascals, a handful of recordings together, and a lifetime of memories, it’s time for the next chapter of my musical journey. I wish the band much success and am grateful for my time there, and the many wonderful opportunities shared. I look forward to new musical adventures to come.

I’m currently available for gigs, sessions, tours. Stay tuned…”

Jeremy can be reached through his Facebook page.

We’ll post any comment we receive from the band.

UPDATE 3:55 p.m. – Grascal Jamie Johnson shared a few words about Jeremy’s departure:

“We’ve had a great run with Jeremy, and we love him. Sometimes band members go creatively in different ways. We wish Jeremy all the best. He’s a great guy.”

The band expects to use fill-in fiddlers through the end of the year, and make an announcement about a permanent replacement at that time.

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  • Charles Henderson

    One always wonders about these “friendly exits.” Abshire is leaving a highly successful group to venture out on their on, into an area that almost no soloist – singer or musician – is ever successful? I’m not buying that. Who is going to pay good money to hear a violin player doing one instrumental after another? I’m not buying this. For once, I wish that everyone could just be frank.

    • Kevin Landon

      Being frank and honest is really more of a rock’n’roll thing. And a country thing. And a jazz thing. Really every other genre.

      Bluegrass is all about hiding your feelings behind a mask of strained etiquette and suppressing your emotions until you’re just a withered husk of a performer, going through the motions for ever-dwindling crowds of aging enthusiasts in lawn chairs…

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